Arndt sparks BR-H to OT win
North Central wins fifth straight league title
EBEN — Bark River-Harris and Superior Central warmed up for next week’s boys’ district basketball tournament by playing a dandy Thursday night. The Broncos outscored the Cougars 12-4 in overtime to pull out a high-scoring 86-78 victory.
“I don’t think either team walked away feeling bad after this one,” Broncos’ coach Jim VanEnkevort said. “It was well played by both teams. The game had a real feel to it. They were hitting shots and we were hitting shots.”
Superior Central’s Wade Krysiak hit a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left to tie the game at 74-74 in regulation. Bark River’s Ben Schultz then drained about a 70-footer, but it was nullified because the Broncos had called a timeout. Ryan Arndt just missed a final shot, sending the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Bark River received a big three-point play from Kadin Mustafa as the Broncos took control with a four-point lead. They also made 6-of-9 free throws in overtime to seal the victory.
Arndt had a huge night, erupting for a career-high 38 points.
“I thought everybody played pretty well, but he elevated his game tonight,” VanEnkevort said. “And that is what we needed. He was strong inside and outside for us.”
Bryson Groos chipped in with 12 points for the Broncos (12-7).
Joe Heinonen led the Cougars with 21 points, followed by Beau Rondeau with 18, Levi Charlebois with 13 and Krysiak with 11.
BR-H will host Stephenson Monday in a district opener, while the Cougars will play at Munising Wednesday.
BR-Harris 14 19 18 23 12 — 86
S. Central 10 21 24 19 4 — 78
BR-Harris — Mustafa 3, Arndt 38, Richer 8, Korhonen 9, Schultz 8, Groos 12, Debelak 8, Heim 2. FT: 14-22; F: 15; Fouled out: Heim; Technical: Heim. 3-point field goals: Arndt 5, Richer 2, Korhonen, Groos 2, Schultz.
Superior Central — Santure 2, Krysiak 11, Heinonen 21, Frusti 4, Rondeau 18, Charlebois 13. FT: 5-11; F: 13: Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Krysiak 3, Heinonen 3, Rondeau 2.
North Central 85,
Mid Peninsula 62
POWERS — The North Central boys captured their fifth consecutive Skyline Central Conference basketball championship Thursday night, posting an 85-62 triumph over the Mid Peninsula Wolverines.
North Central also received a little help from Norway, which edged Rapid River 58-56 Thursday, enabling the Jets to scured the title at 11-1.
“Winning the conference is something many people didn’t expect us to do,” said Jets’ coach Adam Mercier. “This season has been a lot of fun and our seniors led us well. It was nice to send the seniors out on a winning note in their last game at home. We’re going into the tournaments on a good roll. I like where our team is heading, going into districts.”
The Jets led 37-31 at halftime and 59-39 after the third quarter en route to their seventh straight victory.
“We were playing open gym defense for most of the game,” said Jets’ coach Adam Mercier. “We were playing hard, but the execution wasn’t there. Offensively, we were very solid. Ben had a solid inside game for us. Mid Pen came ready to play. I don’t think we matched their intensity in the first half. We did a better job on defense in the second half.”
Ben Snyder led the Jets (16-4) with a career-high 18 points. Trenton Schaff added 17. Girffin Johnson hit 15 and Lucas Dombrowski had 13.
The Wolverines (3-17) also had a balanced scoring attack, led by Dylan Trudell’s 17 points. Terry Brower scored 16. Billy Carlson tallied 11 and Brandon Nummilien had 10.
North Central, which hit 28-of-62 field goals, also won the jayvee game.
The Jets open Class D district play at Bark River-Harris or Stephenson Wednesday. Mid Pen faces Big Bay de Noc in its opener Wednesday at Munising.
Mid Peninsula 17 14 8 23 — 62
North Central 20 17 22 26– 85
Mid Peninsula — Brower 16, Trudell 17, Englund 5, Nummilien 10, Carlson 11, Grosskreutz 3. FT: 10-12; F: 21; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Brower, Englund, Carlson, Grosskreutz.
North Central — Schaff 17, Johnson 15, Gorzinski 8, Dombrowski 13, Poupore 7, Hancheck 2, Eichmeier 5, Snyder 18. FT: 23-29; F: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals; Johnson 3, Gorzinski, Dombrowski, Poupore.